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NHP: Driver swerved to avoid animal on highway

MINDEN – An accident that left one person dead and shut down a main highway may have occurred when a driver swerved to avoid an animal in the road, the Nevada Highway Patrol said Thursday.

Jeannie Darlene Hawkins, 39, of Bishop, Calif., and her passenger, Thomas Riley Overly, 50, of Spring Hill, Fla., were heading north on Highway 395 about eight miles south of Minden when she apparently swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid an animal, Trooper Chuck Allen said.

Her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which also carried six dogs, crashed head-on into a GMC sport utility vehicle driven by Maricela Madrigal-Delopez of Wellington.

Overly was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon. Four dogs also died.

Hawkins and Madrigal-Delopez were flown to Regional Medical Center in Reno with serious injuries.

The accident shut down the highway for more than two hours.

Allen said the investigation was continuing.

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